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Why SMEs shouldn’t ignore Risk Management

Many people think that risk management is only for large corporations. This is not correct! Risk management is a NECESSITY FOR EVERY BUSINESS. The hard part is to properly align risk management processes to each unique individual organisation.

The world is undeniably riskier. Change was increasingly ever more rapidly, and this is accelerated by COVID. Increasing digitisation of business processes will inevitably increase cybersecurity risk. The world is still highly connected, and McKinsey estimate that supply chain shocks will reduce profits by 42% of annual EBITDA profits every 10 years.

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The importance of a professional valuation for your business

A business is often a significant asset in an Entrepreneur’s life, and its value can be the culmination of a life’s work. For this reason, when considering selling your business, planning your future exit strategy, bringing on board a strategic partner/investor, or even raising finance it is essential to have a realistic understanding of your business’s value to make the deal work optimally. This is best achieved through getting an independent valuation.

The downside to getting your valuation wrong is underselling your business or more likely,

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Thriving in the New World

There can be no doubt the Covid 19 pandemic has led to unprecedented change for most businesses. Revenue levels have plunged for some firms while others are experiencing unexpected increases in new customers and unforecasted demand levels. Supply Chains have been disrupted. Optimising employee productivity and satisfaction have become more art than science.  Short-term cash availability and longer term capital requirements are highly uncertain. Even the most confident experts are reluctant to make a call on the economic climate we are likely to experience a year from now or even six months from now.

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New Draft Tax Relief Bills, released on 01 May 2020

There has been a significant response by National Treasury, the South African Revenue Service, the private sector and various government bodies in respect of relief measures aimed at minimising the negative effect of COVID-19. This article will cover two aspects; first a brief summary of the measures recently introduced by National Treasury and SARS in so far as they relate to tax relief for businesses and individuals. Second, we’ll give you details of the various kinds of funding streams available to businesses to combat the financial implications of COVID-19.

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Manufacturers: Is the wrong talent looking after your margin management?

In 2017 and 2018 the year on year growth in South Africa’s manufacturing production declined substantially. In 1994 manufacturing accounted for 20% of GDP. It now stands at 14%.

In February 2019, local utilisation of available manufacturing capacity was sitting at 80.8%, leaving 12.2% capacity unused.

In a sluggish economy, where demand is weak, margin management is a business imperative.

Manufacturing executives often think they know how well their company is managing margins,

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What a Part-time Finance Director can do for your company

You might think a Finance Director’s role is confined to traditional finance activities, but today’s FD’s (or CFO’s) can add invaluable strategic direction to your business.

In the past, an FD’s responsibilities might have been confined to high-level accounting such as providing timely financial statements and monthly management reports, managing investments and expenses, monitoring cash flow, and managing risk. But as the business landscape has become more complex over the past decade, the role of an FD has changed.

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